World Affairs…

first_img…and bordersPrezzie took the opportunity to bring before the UN General Assembly, the intransigence of Venezuela on the border controversy they’d raised back in 1962. Imagine questioning the “full, perfect and final settlement” of our borders that was demarcated by an international Arbitrational Tribunal back in 1899!! How in the world did they get so much spunk?  Like everything in life, the timing holds the answer!At that time, the US, of course, was trying everything – including CIA-sponsored riots – to prevent the PPP and Cheddi Jagan from forming “another Cuba in the hemisphere”. It was no coincidence Venezuela lodged its protest to the UN Committee in February 1962, the week after the Indian business district in Georgetown (presumably supporters of Jagan) was burnt to the ground. It was part of a one-two combination to bring down the PPP.The irony, of course, was that back in 1899, it was an American-sponsored initiative that put the Arbitral Commission in place. America was feeling its oats as a rising power and was ready to challenge Britain via its Monroe Doctrine and all that! So, if the Award were to be overturned in 1962, it would’ve been a slap in the (historical) face of the US. But who said there was any consistency in the affairs of nations?As the US boasts, they have no permanent friends or permanent enemies – just permanent interests. Back in 1899, American interests were furthered when Britain agreed to the arbitration and the US was seen as “protecting” Latin America. In 1962, it was OK for Venezuela to create a controversy because this served America’s interests then.After Jagan was thrown out in 1964, the US, of course, lost interest in the border controversy. The British arranged for the Geneva Agreement in 1965 – which NEVER made any mention of any adjustment of borders in a substantive manner. Venezuela agreed then in a two-pronged procedural process to simply pronounce on whether as alleged the 1899 award was “null and void” as they claimed. The first part involved direct negotiations – which fell apart.The second prong placed the controversy in the lap of the UN Secretary General – who would suggest measures from the UN’s menu of measures on “the peaceful resolution of disputes”. This gentleman has agreed with Guyana that if his “good office” – in play since 1989 – doesn’t produce a settlement by this year end, then the controversy goes to the World Court.And this is what Guyana also wants. The Venezuelans, unfortunately, want to keep the controversy hanging like the sword of Damocles over our heads!Enough is enough!! Fortunately, this also suits America’s interests right now!! Oil, baby! Oil!!…and raceWell, we all know Prezzie took up his “cuss-bird” PR person, Nicholas-Garrett, up to the Big Apple. The big question, of course, is “Why?” Can’t be because he had to fend off unwelcome elements around the UN building. Even though it’s 42nd St, it’s not by the garish and sleazy section filled with other cuss-birds near Broadway, but on the East Side of Manhattan which is pretty ritzy, if the truth be told.  They hold their pinkie up when sipping tea over there!But new info has surfaced suggesting Ms Nicholas-Garrett was trained by no other institution than the ERC in proper race relations etiquette right here in Guyana. So it’s clear that the PR flak “knew better” – she just didn’t put that knowledge into action when she was with her friends. And this explains why she’s up among the diplomats in NY – she knows how to play the game in public.It’s like how those in Hollywood know how to “air kiss” without even touching!! Go girl!!…and geographyThe Chronic headlined, “Rice shipment to India being finalised”. Your Eyewitness was startled, to say the least. A local version of “sending coals to Newcastle”??Or they have India on their mind, with Nagamootoo in charge??last_img read more

Hammer blow for Villa? Sakho set to return for West Ham this weekend

first_img1 Diafra Sakho West Ham star Diafra Sakho has been passed fit for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa.The in-form Senegal striker suffered a shoulder injury during the victory over champions Manchester City last month and missed the 2-2 draw at Stoke over the weekend.But he has now returned to training and is line to make his comeback against out-of-form Villa at Upton Park.It will come as a huge boost to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, who has seen the summer signing from Metz take the Premier League by storm, scoring six goals in his first six Premier League starts – and seven in seven in all competitions.Club-record signing Andy Carroll is also closing in on a first-team return having been ruled out since a pre-season ankle operation.“Diafra ran individually on Monday at Chadwell Heath and will be available for the game,” Stijn Vandenbrouke, West Ham’s head of medical and sports science, told the club’s official website.“Andy Carroll trained and played in a behind-closed-doors match last week, which he came though, and will continue to train this week.”Allardyce will be further boosted by the news Winston Reid will also be available to take on out-of-form Villa after the New Zealand international suffered a dead leg at Stoke.West Ham head into the clash with the Midlands sitting fifth in the table, level with Arsenal having won half of their opening 10 fixtures.last_img read more

Job Vacancy: Teach Mhicí seek innovative chef

first_imgJob Vacancy: Teach Mhicí Gweedore Pizzeria and Beer Garden are looking for a chef/cook to spearhead their New Stone Oven pizzeria. The chosen chef will have the freedom to developed his/her own menu and ideas.Applicants must be innovative and hard working with a solid knowledge of foods. They are hiring immediately so contact them if you have an interest.Contact Kevin on 0877431398 or email kevingerrardcass@yahoo.ie or DM us on our Twitter or Facebook page @TeachMhiciJob Vacancy: Teach Mhicí seek innovative chef was last modified: May 6th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chefJob Vacancyteach mhici gweedorelast_img read more

PAUL McLAUGHLIN’S GARDENING COLUMN: DELIGHTFUL DONEGAL DAHLIAS

first_imgBY PAUL McLAUGHLIN, BALLAGHDEARG GARDEN CENTRE, LETTERKENNYDelightful DahliasIf you think that your garden lacks colour at this time of year it might be worth thinking about planting some Dahlias. These half hardy perennials are great for filling gaps in borders or for growing in containers and will provide you with a bright long lasting display of flowers well into the autumn. Dahlias are available in almost every colour with a wide variety of shapes and sizes of plants available.While Dahlias have suffered from being out of fashion for the last number of years, the good news is that with a number of new varieties coming on the market the Dahlia is back with a bang.Dahlias are what’s known as half hardy annuals, which means that they are usually too tender to survive outdoors all year round but if the tubers are lifted and dried just after the first frost they can be replanted in the spring.Dahlias are very easy to grow from seed and it is usually less trouble to grow new plants each year and to treat them as annuals. Dahlias require very little attention after planting out and will grow in almost any soil but they will really thrive in a sunny position in well drained fertile soil. They really benefit from organic matter such as compost or well-rotted manure being dug into the soil and once planted should be watered and fed with a liquid fertilizer in the same way as other bedding plants. It is also important that you dead head regularly to extend the flowering season and to treat the surrounding area for slugs and snails.While Dahlias will provide you with months of enjoyment in the garden, their beauty is not restricted to the outdoors. All types of Dahlias make excellent cut flowers for indoor decoration. Dahlia flowers cut for indoor display will normally last more than a week if the water is changed daily. Dahlias grow quickly and flowers removed for display will soon be replaced.Flower buds on these plants usually grow in threes and if you are growing them for cut flowers you should remove the two side buds as this will devote the plants energy into making the remaining flower.* Want more information? Call in and see me at our garden centre today.Any questions: email me on info@highlandlandscapes.ie PAUL McLAUGHLIN’S GARDENING COLUMN: DELIGHTFUL DONEGAL DAHLIAS was last modified: July 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:PAUL McLAUGHLIN’S GARDENING COLUMN: DELIGHTFUL DONEGAL DAHLIASlast_img read more

A `victory for water quality’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFarfsing said he considered a January appellate court decision – that an environmental impact report must be done before cities must comply with the program – more significant. The trash reduction program is “invalidated” until a report is approved, he said. The cities and the water board have been battling since 2001, when the board adopted a program to eliminate trash flowing into the Los Angeles River. The board required cities to reduce trash by 10 percent a year for 10 years. City officials argued the cleanup would be too costly, that a zero-trash requirement was impossible and there was no telling if the measures would work. “We all want to protect our environment,” said Jeff Hobbs, who also represents the coalition of cities. “The problem is the water boards cannot tell us how much it is going to cost the cities.” Hobbs said he did not want to see cities cutting senior services, public recreation and other programs in order to pay for an “unfunded mandate.” In what state and regional water boards called a major victory for water quality, the state Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by 22 cities – 15 in the San Gabriel Valley and Whittier areas – challenging a program that made them responsible for reducing trash flows into storm drains that flow to the ocean. “This is a huge victory for water quality,” David Nahai, chairman of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, said Thursday. He said he hoped cities would use their resources to improve water quality rather than litigate. But representatives of the cities that sued the water boards had a different interpretation of Wednesday’s decision by the court to not hear the appeal. “It’s not the end of the battle,” said Ken Farfsing, city manager for Signal Hill and spokesman for the Coalition for Practical Regulation, a group of cities that includes Arcadia, Baldwin Park, Diamond Bar, Irwindale, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pico Rivera, Rosemead, San Gabriel, Santa Fe Springs, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena, West Covina and Whittier. Nahai said most of the steps cities can take to improve water runoff quality are simple, low-tech solutions such as increasing street sweeping, educating the public not to litter, installing catch devices, adding more trash cans, emptying catch basins, and educating local businesses about proper trash disposal. Earlier, the court also threw out arguments that a more detailed cost-benefit analysis was required and that a study was needed to determine the harmful effects of garbage in the water, Nahai said. Farfsing said the environmental impact report gives the water board a chance to rethink its requirements and come up with less costly ways for cities to comply with the program. “The regional board has a chance now to make sense of their \. And maybe we won’t challenge it,” he said. shirley.hsu@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Bush’s Iraq failure

first_imgRe: “Success depends on Iraqis, Bush declares” (June 13): Surprise! Surprise! President George W. Bush’s statement that the success of the war now depends on the Iraqis comes as no surprise. Finally realizing that the war is going badly and seeing no way out, he is passing the responsibility for his failure to the Iraqi people, whose country has been devastated by his unnecessary invasion of a country that was no threat to us. This casual dismissal of a catastrophic scenario caused by him is disgraceful. – Patricia Lamoree – Nick Benas Granada Hills Real border defense Re: “Troops control border” (June 13): Let us turn to a more critical border defense – deploy squads of knuckle-dragging yahoos to the Canadian border to ward off an influx of illegal immigrants with terrorist, subversive ideas, such as affordable prescription drugs, universal health care and honest elections. Make our government safe for the wiretappers, environmental rapists, corporate looters and petroleum pirates. God bless America. – Frank E. Johnson Hollywood No quarter Instead of closing down the Guantanamo detention facility, perhaps we should consider supplying the facility with more sheets. – Gene Goodwein Van Nuys Meaning of suicides Re: “Military calls Guantanamo suicides `act of war”‘ (June 11): The news of the three recent suicides at Guantanamo may be raising security concerns, but why the three took their own lives is a more relevant issue. Was it a pathetic display of martyrdom? Perhaps they expected America’s far left to react, again, in a manner that undermines the war effort and, by extension, our country. On the other hand the suicides may have been in response to al-Zarqawi’s death last week. The death of al-Qaida’s field general on the Iraqi front may well be the beginning of the end for them. With al-Zarqawi gone, it makes you wonder how much farther Osama bin Ladin is burrowing in his cave. – Samuel D. Hopper Palmdale Overcapacity busline Re: “Orange line heads toward overcapacity” (June 13): The MTA should look at operating an Orange Line express service. This will be quicker than buying larger buses since they can utilize the existing bypass lanes that are available at every station. Larger capacity buses will take a couple of years of purchasing and lobbying to remove restrictions on vehicles larger than 60 feet. This service will only need a few stops at key locations such as Van Nuys, Reseda and Valley and Pierce colleges to complement the Orange Line and provide a speedier alternative to the 101 that can cut 8-10 minutes off the Orange Line. For the future, upgrading the Orange Line to rail as originally intended, stretching from Chatsworth to Burbank and then through Glendale to L.A., creates the best potential of a cross-Valley rail connection that would benefit the region. – Jerard Wright The Transit Coalition Los Angeles What it takes Re: “Zoo elephant dies as care debated” (June 12): So all the elephants imprisoned at the L.A. Zoo have to die before something is done about their welfare? Please stop building the costly new elephant exhibit and send the remaining elephants to an accredited elephant sanctuary. It is time to make sure that these magnificent beings are properly cared for. It’s beyond time to use money wisely and allow these elephants to live the lives they’re meant to live. – Jerri Miller Van Nuys Diminishing returns Re: “Zoo elephant dies as care debated” (June 12): People caring about animals have made zoos better places, but there is a point of diminishing returns. Do these people worrying about the $30-plus million habitat consider that we should all revert to some earlier, more natural state. What are the realistic, present-day options for elephants? How much will we afford? What is realistic to expect? What is doable? What is “natural” and who gets to live the “natural” life today? Why do these people, under the guise of “nobleness” want to throw the baby out with the bath? Why do they want to destroy one of the really nice things our city government has to offer? We get to see and appreciate wild animals and learn about their diminishing habitat and perhaps wonder about our own. – Lynda Fenneman Valley Glen NoHo gridlock Re: “NoHo rising” (June 11): NoHo rising? Yes, but it will sink back into a quagmire of its own making. Terminal gridlock. Either through sheer stupidity or conscientious oversight, the planners for these projects have not planned for the simultaneous widening of Magnolia and Burbank boulevards between Lankershim Boulevard and the Burbank city line. For the most part both boulevards are one lane in each direction. Magnolia already suffers from gridlock. Furthermore the article failed to mention the new high school, which is also included as part of NoHo Rising, which will create a wild traffic frenzy twice a day on top of all the other traffic woes. – Bob Peppermuller North Hollywood Road rage cop-out Re: “Road rage more than rudeness” (June 6): So road rage is a personality disorder? All I see is a huge collection of weak and insecure people intentionally using motor vehicles to take the edge off of their frustration at the expense of innocent fellow motorists. They range from the wannabes who apparently think a BMW is exempt from the vehicle code to the poor lost souls whose idea of reclaiming power is preventing you from making a lane change, passing to the right when the road narrows, or coming right up on your bumper before passing. The solution is simple: Since their behavior is not only just as dangerous, but also deliberate, make aggressive drivers subject to the same criminal penalties as drunk drivers. – John S. Soet Burbank The color of rage The people who wrote about road rage certainly have a legitimate complaint. However, they did not go far enough in fixing the blame. California is a blue state and most of our drivers are liberals. These people pretend to be charitable with others, particularly citing their concern for children, the poor and minorities. However, when they get behind the wheel of a car they become monsters. Just drive in a Red state and notice the difference. – Sion Colvin Woodland Hills Apples and oranges Not to knock the hard-working men and women of Los Angeles Airport Police, but graduates of Los Angeles Police Department’s Academy spend a probationary period on the job dealing with crime and crime victims followed by years of experience in one of the largest cities in the world. All the POST (Peace Officer Standards & Training) courses in the world mean nothing if the people passing them are then used as security guards. It’s a fact that L.A. Airport Police handle security issues at our airports; LAPD handles crimes at our airports. They both have important jobs, but in the end it’s the job experience that separates them. – John Kurt Reseda160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Granada Hills No validation for Bush Re: “Bush validation” (June 11): In response to Michael Duarte’s question “Does this mean President Bush was right in fighting the war on terrorism in Iraq ?” The answer is no. The facts still remain the same. The war was based on lies and faulty intelligence, al-Zarqawi wasn’t even in Iraq until Bush invaded, declared “bring it on” and “mission accomplished.” Unfortunately the death of this evil man will not end this war. I salute the brave men and women who continue the fight and pray they will all come home soon. last_img

Woman killed on Golden State Freeway

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – A woman was killed this morning on the Golden State (5) Freeway when her sport utility vehicle rear-ended a flatbed truck loaded with steel, officials said. The unidentified woman, believed to be in her mid-20s, was northbound on the freeway near Lankershim Boulevard when the collision occurred about 8:20 a.m., said Los Angeles Fire spokeswoman Melissa Kelley. The California Highway Patrol has shut down the two right lanes of the freeway, as well as the Tuxford Street onramp, until the investigation is completed, officials said. No one else was hurt in the collision, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2last_img read more

Governor bears weight of promises

first_imgHe has also lowered the state budget deficit – though not wiped it out completely, as he had promised – while increasing state spending. He has resisted most major tax increases and his financial moves have helped boost the state’s credit rating. He also passed an on-time budget this year for the first time in five years. H.D. Palmer, spokesman for the governor’s Finance Department, noted that when Schwarzenegger took office, the budget deficit was projected to grow to $16.5 billion by 2006-07. Instead, the budget the governor signed earlier this year had an operating deficit of $3.3 billion. `Still work to do’ “Looking at where it was projected to be three years ago versus where it is today, I think there’s clear progress,” Palmer said. “There’s still work to do, but we have had a growing economy that is creating significant revenue.” But many critics say he has failed to significantly reduce the power of special interests in Sacramento or lower the amount of fundraising designed to influence political action. In fact, Schwarzenegger himself has been a prolific fundraiser, relying heavily on corporate donations for his re-election campaign and ballot measure efforts. He has raised about $100 million in the past three years, breaking fundraising marks set by his predecessor, Gray Davis, whom Schwarzenegger had criticized for excessive fundraising. “The governor’s been a complete and utter failure on campaign finance reform,” said Ned Wigglesworth, policy advocate for California Common Cause. “Both in not living up to his promise to sweep the special interests out of Sacramento and failing to introduce any meaningful campaign finance reforms in his three years in office.” And Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial rival, Treasurer Phil Angelides, has hammered the governor for flip-flops on positions ranging from campaign finance and education to health care for children. “It’s just become more obvious that Californians just can’t trust what he’s going to do,” said Angelides campaign adviser Bill Carrick. “He goes 180 degrees from his previous positions. The conclusion you can reach is he really doesn’t believe in anything. It’s all about getting elected.” But a spokeswoman said Schwarzenegger has supported a number of efforts to reform the influence of special interests in Sacramento. Julie Soderlund, spokeswoman for the governor’s re-election campaign, noted that the governor supported a bill in 2004 that would have prohibited lawmakers and statewide officers from raising money during the budget process. Still, he did not lobby heavily for the bill and it never got far in the Legislature, dying in committee without a single vote taken. Schwarzenegger also signed a bill that required more immediate disclosure of large donations from political parties close to an election and supported a ballot measure calling for more open government in California. After that measure passed, and amid media pressure, he began releasing his daily calendar of activities. Schwarzenegger also supported some measures designed to reduce the influence of unions in Sacramento, most notably a “paycheck protection” measure last year that would have limited unions’ ability to make political donations without explicit approval from members. He also sought to shake up the power structure of the Legislature by placing a redistricting measure on the same ballot. Ratings plummet But both measures failed as the governor’s own popularity ratings plummeted. Critics also say the governor failed to fulfill a campaign promise to protect education funding when, in his first year in office, he struck an unlikely alliance with the California Teachers Association to allow for a temporary cut in schools funding. Schwarzenegger vowed to restore the money quickly when the state’s budget improved. But when revenues rose the next year, the teachers union accused the governor of breaking his promise. Administration officials disputed details of the promise but the CTA hammered Schwarzenegger on the issue and vigorously campaigned against his own pet project of special-election government reform measures last November. Amid the battering, the governor’s job-approval ratings plunged to their lowest ever among voters and his special-election measures failed at the polls. Lessons not lost The lessons have not been lost on the governor, who publicly acknowledged he pushed his own agenda and promises too hard. In recent months, conscious of the pending election, he has taken a more conciliatory tone. Earlier this year, he moved to restore education funding in the state budget – keeping his promise, albeit later than expected. For voters at the polls this November, experts said two promises the governor fulfilled early on in his tenure may be key: the repeal of Davis’ tripling of the car tax and the repeal of a law granting driver licenses to illegal immigrants. “What Californians cared about, the car tax, still probably is the most important promise kept,” said political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of USC. “And his \ base cared about the driver’s license bill. And that’s still an important promise that’s been kept.” Ultimately in his bid to fulfill his promises, Schwarzenegger has learned to walk a fine line in negotiating compromises with legislative Democrats. While earlier this year, he proposed an ambitious $68 billion, 10-year infrastructure plan, he struck a deal with the Legislature for a $37 billion infrastructure bond package. “I think what you have seen is the education of Arnold,” said Barbara O’Connor, director of the Institute for the Study of Politics and the Media at Sacramento State University. “He initially delivered on the car tax and some other things. Then he ran headlong into partisan politics in the Legislature, which took him down to the primrose path to the special election. And that I think was a real epiphany for him.” “You saw someone who came here and realized it wasn’t quite as easy as he thought.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Throughout his tenure as a politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger has made a lot of promises. From candidate to governor, he has pursued a grand vision with vows to tackle everything from reforming the state pension system and the redistricting process to protecting money for education and increasing the minimum wage. But in the ensuing three years – and as he faces a November re-election bid – many of those promises have been abandoned or ignored. While there is no dispute that Schwarzenegger has kept some of his vows, others that he has vigorously pursued have been blocked by contentious opposition from the Legislature, rejected by a skeptical public or watered down in the political process. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“I think the public gives him mixed grades,” said Jack Pitney, government professor at Claremont McKenna College. “At various times, he talked about bringing revolutionary changes to Sacramento. And we haven’t had much of a revolution in the past few years. The empire struck back. “He put a lot of effort into it. But the past couple years have been a rendezvous with reality.” Schwarzenegger’s biggest promises during the 2003 recall campaign centered around a few key themes: improving the state economy and business climate, fixing the state budget, and sweeping the influence of special interests out of Sacramento. Most business and economic experts agree that the governor has been a friend to the business community and the economy. He has helped employers generate about 600,000 new jobs, traveled abroad to drum up trade and tourism dollars, and approved a workers’ compensation reform package aimed at reducing business costs. last_img

FINE GAEL/LABOUR COULD DELIVER JUSTICE AT LAST TO BRUCKLESS FAMILY

first_imgHOPES ARE growing that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will implement the Ombudsman’s report into the Byrne family and the Lost At Sea scheme.The Byrne family spokesperson on the Lost at Sea scheme Danny Byrne has revealed that both Mr Kenny and the Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore had contacted the Ombudsman in relation to her report.Mr Byrne, who lost his father and brother, along with three crew members when their boat sank in 1981, made the comments following his decision to contest the Seanad election. He says he hopes he will have the support of the Fine Gael party.Sixteen months ago the Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, launched a scathing attack on the then Government’s refusal to fully debate her report on the Lost at Sea Scheme.Her report recommended payment of €250,000 to the Byrne family who she said were wrongly excluded from the Lost at Sea Scheme.Skipper Francis Byrne and his 16-year-old son James died, along with three others, when their boat the Skifjord sank off Burtonport on October 31, 1981. The family applied to the Scheme, but the deadline had passed and their application was rejected as ineligible.The Ombudsman’s investigation found that the scheme should have been more widely advertised. She said that, although the Scheme itself had not paid out compensation as such, the family should receive a payment of €250,000 as redress for having been wrongly excluded.In December 2009, after her recommendations were rejected by the Minister for State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Ms O’Reilly sent her report to the Dail and Seanad for consideration, asking them to “take whatever action they deemed appropriate”.The issue was discussed in the Dail and Seanad last February but Ms O’Reilly says that on both occasions the discussions consisted of “a series of statements rather than any detailed engagement with the substance of the investigation” and no further action was recommended.A month later members of Fine Gael and Labour – then in opposition – tried to have the report referred to Oireachtas committees, but this was again rejected. On all occasions, members voted along party lines. Ms O’Reilly said at the time that using the party whip to prevent discussion of her recommendations is a symptom of the “poor governance in a number of our key private and public institutions [that] lies at the heart of the downturn”.The Lost at Sea case, she argued tracks “a line that runs from maladministration in a Government Department right through to poor Governance at the very highest level of this State.“The economic and political crises that face this country will never be dealt with unless the culture and values of the political and administrative classes undergo profound change. An investigation by an Ombudsman may seem small scale in comparison to the huge financial challenges around us, yet it is a microcosm nonetheless of the faultlines within our system.”She also said she hoped the “the Oireachtas will find a mechanism to allow the matter [the Lost at Sea Report] be dealt with in a calm and reasonable fashion.” FINE GAEL/LABOUR COULD DELIVER JUSTICE AT LAST TO BRUCKLESS FAMILY was last modified: March 21st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stoke reportedly terminate Berahino’s contract following drink driving conviction

first_imgStoke have reportedly told Saido Berahino they will be terminating his contract following his drink driving conviction.Berahino, 25, was banned from driving for 30 months and fined £75,000 for being three times over the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped by police in London in February. Getty Images – Getty REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 shining Getty Images – Getty Berahino has been involved in a number of controversies off the pitch Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars ADVICE The striker was convicted earlier this month despite claiming to have driven in order to escape a gang of armed robbers.But according to the Daily Mail, Stoke have taken action by cancelling Berahino’s contract, which is due to run until the summer of 2022.The report claims the Burundi international is challenging the Championship club’s decision. Stoke have not commented on the matter so far.Bernahino signed for the Potters from West Brom in January 2017 but has struggled to make an impact for his club. It took him a year to score his first goal and he had already been disciplined for poor time-keeping by manager at the time Paul Lambert.However, Berahino improved under Gary Rowett but it emerged that his old issues with discipline and time-keeping had been merely tolerated by the new regime.He has previous convictions for drink-driving in 2015 and being drunk in charge of a vehicle in 2012. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS tense It’s not clear what’s next for Saido Berahino Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Berahino received an eight-week ban in February 2017 after testing positive for a Class A drug, believed to be MDMA.The player claims a spiked drink was the reason he failed the drug test. gameday cracker Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY last_img read more